All Summer I looked forward to greeting her every day until the cold days of late Autumn arrived along with Esmerelda's departure. I really missed her! But life has to go on and go on it did. In Spring, the first photo shows the sight that greeted me one morning...... a newly-hatched brood of Esmerelda's babies! For a few days they clung together, venturing only a few inches away each time, until a week or so later when they had dispersed to various parts of the greenhouse. It was an amazing sight and, by far, the highlight of my gardening year. God bless Esmerelda!
From the highlight of my gardening year, I'd like to offer you a toast for the coming one
May your tatties always chit well
and never get the blight.
May your roses shun the blackspot
always blooming big and bright.
May the beasties in your garden
never feed upon your greens
and may the compost in your bin
for'er be fit for kings and queens.
I raise to you all a cup of good cheer
for happy gardening days throughout the New Year!
Happy New Year everyone!